To be eligible for financial aid through MCAD, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be registered with Selective Service, if required
  • Be taking at least 6 credits per semester
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress toward an eligible degree
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Not be in default on a federal education loan

Financial Aid Enrollment Status

Enrollment status is determined by the total credit hours you are enrolled in per semester.

StatusCredit Hours Per Semester
Full-time12 or more credits
Three-quarters time9–11 credits
Half-time6–8 credits
Less than half-time5 or fewer credits*


*If you drop below half-time status or withdraw during a semester, all or part of your financial aid for that semester may be prorated or canceled. No financial aid is available through MCAD if you are enrolled less than half-time.